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Contemporary House Exterior Ideas and Designs

Riverside House
Riverside House
Concept 8 Architects
Photo of a white contemporary two floor detached house in Surrey with a pitched roof and a grey roof.
Boscastle Road
Boscastle Road
User
Nathalie Priem
Photo of a contemporary brick terraced house in London with three floors.
Zig Zag Roof House
Zig Zag Roof House
Henry Woide
Photographer: Henry Woide - www.henrywoide.co.uk Architecture: 4SArchitecture
Design ideas for a contemporary house exterior in London.
The Croft
The Croft
Thermaglaze Ltd
Its all about the wow factor. Triple Track 6 pane sliding doors that achieve a clear opening of 8 metres, coupled with slim meeting stiles. These Visoglide Plus doors give the best of both worlds large glass with minimal uprights when closed and a huge opening when all 4 doors are fully opened. Special attention was paid to the threshold detail where we worked with the developer to achieve a flush floor from inside to outside. All finished in Sensations Platinum Grey.
Contemporary Exterior
Contemporary Exterior
Photo of a medium sized and brown contemporary brick detached house in London with three floors, a flat roof and a mixed material roof.
Watson House Annexe
Watson House Annexe
Richard Chivers Architectural Photography
This is an example of a beige contemporary bungalow detached house in Hampshire with wood cladding, a pitched roof and a metal roof.
Treeside
Treeside
minimal windows® UK
Slim framed sliding doors were installed to this new build residential home in Surrey to allow an abundance of light to flood the internal living spaces. With only the slim sightline visible between each pane the homeowner is provided with beautiful uninterrupted views. The owners of this property achieve a stunning indoor-outdoor living environment.
Aspen Home
Aspen Home
MR Design
Contemporary house exterior in London.
Sandbrook Road
Sandbrook Road
Paper House Project
This is an example of a contemporary house exterior in London.
The Ladder Kitchen
The Ladder Kitchen
Fraher and Findlay
Adam Scott
Inspiration for a brown contemporary brick detached house in London with three floors and a flat roof.
House 3
House 3
Kalm Architecture LLP
David Barbour
Photo of a gey contemporary bungalow detached house in Other with mixed cladding and a lean-to roof.
Full Home Contemporary Refurbishmen
Full Home Contemporary Refurbishmen
Pike & Partners
Design ideas for a medium sized and white contemporary two floor detached house in London.
Lakeside House
Lakeside House
Corylus
Design ideas for a beige contemporary detached house in Gloucestershire with three floors, mixed cladding and a flat roof.
Baxter Green exterior
Baxter Green exterior
My Furniture
Inspiration for a contemporary house exterior in Other.
Contemporary Surrey Home
Contemporary Surrey Home
MY MY Photography
MY MY Photography
Inspiration for a brown contemporary detached house in Surrey.
House extension and refurbishment, Forest Row
House extension and refurbishment, Forest Row
Penton Architects Ltd
Bruce Hemming
Inspiration for a contemporary house exterior in Sussex.
Colourful and Contemporary
Colourful and Contemporary
We Love Plants
This is an example of a contemporary house exterior in Surrey.
Water Meadow
Water Meadow
KATE JACKSON ARCHITECTS
James Morris
Inspiration for a medium sized and red contemporary two floor house exterior in Buckinghamshire with a flat roof.
Lamper Head - Timber Frame House
Lamper Head - Timber Frame House
George Fielding Photography
George Fielding
Inspiration for a large and gey contemporary two floor detached house in Devon.
Wadham Gardens
Wadham Gardens
Wave Controls
This is an example of a contemporary house exterior in London.
With so much attention devoted to interior design, the exterior of a home can often get overlooked, but as the first thing that welcomes both us and our guests, it is worth devoting some time tending to the outside of your house. Furthermore, focusing on the contemporary kerb appeal of your home can add significant value if and when it comes time to sell up. Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian homes, with their bay windows and elegant plasterwork, often benefit from built in architecture advantages, but even if your house design is unassuming from the outside, small decorative and structural improvements to the contemporary exterior of your home can equal huge impact. Key areas of building design to focus on are the front door, the driveway or approach to your home, the porch area, the windows, the facade and the roof. And just a note of caution... before any significant contemporary exterior architecture gets under way, check first whether you need planning permission for your exterior house designs– this applies particularly to listed houses or buildings in a conservation area, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How do I update my home’s facade?


When it comes to updating the facade of your home, painting is the quickest and most affordable way to achieve a contemporary makeover, and if you opt for a colour other than white it can really make a statement (although sticking within the palette of your road and local area is advisable). A makeover that requires a bit more patience but can add romance and character to the most mundane of homes is to adorn the walls with climbing plants – delicate trailing wisteria is ever a British favourite, whilst roses and jasmine offer fragrance as well as beauty.

If you’re looking to make more significant changes to the exterior of your home, whether that is adding timber cladding, hanging tiles, installing a bay window or rendering, then you should first check whether your house designs require planning permission. A New England style wood boarded home is beautiful and bright, but remember that it will need frequent repainting if it is going to stay looking its best, whilst stucco render or Tyrolean render can tidy up a home's exterior but think carefully before covering over original brickwork.

What should I consider if building a home from scratch?


If you’re working with an architect on a brand new build, the options are endless when it comes to deciding on the exterior architecture. But first things first, you will need to check planning permissions, building regulations and local restrictions, such as being in a conservation area, to make sure your plans for your exterior house designs will meet stipulations. If you are building in a street with predominantly Victorian facades, with bay windows and side returns, you might need to ensure your house designs fit in with the rest of the homes on the street, but if you’re building in a more remote area you’ll probably have more freedom for your building design.

There are many architectural decisions to make, do you want a flat, gabled, hipped, mansard or perhaps even a curved roof? Do you want bay windows? Crittall windows? Perhaps external shutters? Do you want glass walls? Do you want wood cladding? Do you want a very symmetrical building design or something more contemporary? The decision is all yours but remember to consider the benefits of various materials over others and the effects that some architecture styles will have on everyday life, for example glass walls will look attractive but will give you less privacy. Your architect or builder will be able to guide you through the best contemporary exterior architecture choices for your house designs.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a contemporary house exterior renovation or are building a designer house exterior from scratch, Houzz has 235,669 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Wave Controls and Corylus. Look through house exterior photos in different colours and styles and when you find a contemporary house exterior design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful contemporary house exterior ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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